A lecturer on the Division of Linguistic & Communication Research of the College of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Dr. Sunny Mbazie has advocated the organising of a Journalism Rights Fee to deal with problems with assaults in opposition to journalists in Nigeria.
The College Don who was talking as a visitor lecturer at Abia NUJ Press Centre Umuahia on the theme “Data as a Public Good” to mark the 2021 World Press Freedom Day held on Monday, stated such fee would defend the curiosity of journalists.
He equally advisable that the rights of the press and its mode of operation be inculcated within the curriculum of the coaching of the Police to enhance the connection between the Police and journalists.
The Don known as for the enactment of a Defend Act for journalists to make sure the safety of sources of data of journalists as obtainable in superior international locations.
He defined that the defend legislation would assure true freedom of the press.
Mbazie equally stated that reactivation of the extant legal guidelines for the follow of journalism and press council would help in coping with quacks concerned in unethical practices.
He advised that efforts be made to bail out media homes affected by the COVID-19 financial problem, as such would assist to strengthen public info.
The Academician maintained that the Freedom of Data Act ought to be amended to repeal cumbersome sections that don’t guarantee a speedy provide of data crucial to satisfy deadlines in newsrooms.
He stated there have to be freedom of the press for democracy to thrive, including that elections and votings usually are not sufficient tenets of democracy however freedom of the press is a part of it and ought to be allowed.
He urged journalists to keep away from recklessness in reportage which is able to inciting the general public and enjoined the NUJ to organize journalists to be responsive, saying that journalism will not be for the lily-livered.
Mbazie who regretted that the NUJ has not carried out something to immortalize the late Dele Giwa who paid the supreme worth for journalism in Nigeria was of the view that funds be put aside to cater for the households of brave journalists who could possibly be incarcerated in the midst of performing their jobs.